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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Annabelle Green is the girl who seems to have everything. She is a model, on tv, and is one of the most popular girls at school. She is the last child of seemingly gorgeous model sisters. They are known as the perfect family with the glass house. But as you know nothing is as it seems...I thought Just Listen was a wonderful read. I felt really attached to the characters and what they went through. Let me warn you though, this book is not some petty school novel read.Just Listen deals with issues sexuality, body image, music, honesty, self prevalence, self respect, and truthfulness.
At first I was Annabelle Greene to be some preppy cheerleader type with a perfect life and just basically attracted to the misunderstood emo boy who always listened to music. But it was not like that all. It all began the previous summer where some unknown event occurred that caused Annabelle to fall out with her so called friend named Sophie. From there She found Owen the "elightned" music listener who finds silence to "loud". He controls his anger by drowning everything with music. Annabelle is drawn to him because of his honesty and his music and they soon become friends. Annabelle and Owen are exact opposites but despite that they find comfort in each others company. There are also other stories that run through this book and it all ties off into one final statement in the end "Just Listen".
Most Loved Character:
I felt more attached to Owen than to any other character in the story because I have once ran my own radio show and I know how it feels to become so "obsessed" with music. It starts to drown out everything, changes your emotions, your life story, and your being, I loved the way he was in the story. I liked he was honest but also got angry at times, expressing his emotions , trying to do his best under the circumstances.